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Cornwall Sign Samoan Prop Tomo Clark

May 31, 2024

Cornwall RLFC are delighted to announce the signing of Samoan prop Tomo Clark.

The 18-year-old, who also qualifies to play for New Zealand and England through his place of birth and heritage respectively, joins the Choughs until the end of the 2024 Betfred League 1 season.

Clark cut his formative rugby teeth at Howick Hornets and also had a spell with Ellersile Eagles. In representative rugby, Clark has played for both the Auckland Blues and New Zealand Warriors under-18 teams.

Last year, he took part in the Dean Bell Cup, a prestigious Auckland Rugby League competition named after the legendary Kiwi and Wigan Warriors star.

Earlier this year, Clark turned out for rugby union side Peterborough Lions and scored two eye-catching tries in their Papa John’s Cup final defeat to Beverley at Darlington Mowden Park.

“I’m young and Cornwall is the perfect place for me to make my rugby league breakthrough, Clark told cornwallrlfc.co.uk. “The lifestyle and the place is very much like being back home in New Zealand with the weather and the beaches.

“But I’m not here for that really, those things are just a bonus as I’m with Cornwall to train hard and, as I say, make that breakthrough.

“I’m like most Samoan islanders in the respect that I carry hard, tackle hard and like every player at my age, want to carry off the back fence like Junior Paulo.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in with Cornwall as it is a great club with a great coaching staff and players. Everyone has been very welcoming and I can’t wait to show the fans what I can do.”

Meanwhile, head coach Mike Abbott, added: “Tomo is someone we have been aware of for a while now.

“He’s been playing a bit of rugby union so it won’t take much for him to get up to speed fitness wise with the rest of the boys.

“Another option in the middle of the park is good for us as well because we have struggled in that area because of injury and unavailability at times this year.

“Tomo fits the bill off the field in terms of what we are looking for in a Cornwall player and I have seen first-hand that he has fitted in well with the rest of the group.

“We took him to Hunslet last weekend to get a feel for it all and we couldn’t be happier with the way he has settled in.”